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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-15-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 15-21, 2020 Spring in the city BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Leading up to this week's wind and rain storm, the cherry blossoms were out in full force along Roosevelt Avenue corridor, as seen here in front of CITY HALL, a reminder that the return of spring is one thing that can't be stopped by the coronavirus. PAWTUCKET – Bucking a state- wide trend of more domestic violence incidents during the coronavirus, Pawtucket saw a decrease in incidents during the first full month of a stay-at- home order in March. Total incidents were down by about 9 percent, while arrests declined by 13 percent in the month-to-month comparisons from last year. For March, total calls for domestic assault, "domestic other"' and violations of court orders were down by seven from March 2019, from 74 to 67. The numbers represented a continued decline from 2018, when there were 88 total inci- dents, and 2017, when there were 110 total incidents. Similarly, arrests involving domes- tic incidents also saw a drop, from 68 in March 2019 to 57 in March 2020. There were 66 total arrests in 2018 and 98 total arrests in 2017, accord- ing to the data provided in response to a request from The Breeze. Other communities, such as nearby North Providence, saw increased numbers of domestic calls last month, while Gov. Gina Raimondo has said City sees drop in DV calls during outbreak By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See DOMESTIC, Page 4 GONCALVES Little Leagues face uncertain future With professional sports being put on hold and collegiate sports getting canceled because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, youth sports of all levels have also been forced to call a time-out. That includes the most popu- lar youth sport of the bunch, Little League, and for the next three weekends, north- ern Rhode Island's leagues were scheduled to host their Opening Day ceremonies. But those events have been postponed, and it's uncertain when (or if) regular-season games will take place. The same can be said for the district and state all-star tournaments that highlight each July and pack parks with families and spectators. A story on the state of affairs in the area's Little Leagues is on page 11. Buy from Stillwater Books, have it donated to Pawtucket Library EZone, new Ancestry access among offerings during pandemic PAWTUCKET – Staff at the Pawtucket Public Library are now partnering with nearby Stillwater Books on Main Street to allow faith- ful patrons of that bookstore to also support the library. As of April 14, Stillwater, which was forced to close when Gov. Gina Raimondo declared bookstores among the state's non-critical retail- ers, was set to have a list of books on its website that library staff would like to add to their collection. People can purchase the books and those books will then be donated to the library. Though Stillwater is officially closed during the pandemic, owners are accepting delivery and pickup orders at . Pickup orders are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The Pawtucket Library's EZone, where patrons can keep consuming books, audiobooks and videos in all genres for all ages while staying at home, is the facility's most popular resource during the pandemic, says Director Susan Reed. "I think that is because people are By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See LIBRARY, Page 6 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter. New & Used Firearms Shotguns • Pistols • Rifles Bought • Sold • Traded New & Reloaded Ammo Available Blue Card Test Available Glock Stocking Dealer Ruger • Glock • S&W • Sig Sauer Dillon Precision • Springfield Armory GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE COMPETITION SHOOTING SUPPLIES COMPETITION SHOOTING SUPPLIES 435 (Rear) Benefit Street Pawtucket, RI 401-727-1716

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